Buried in Paper?

If paper is covering every surface in your workspace and you’re feeling as if you may end up buried under all of it someday, then perhaps this tip may help you decide how to qualify whether a paper gets to stay or not.

Question every piece of paper before you keep and file it.

  • Do I really need to keep this?
  • If I don’t have it can I get it?
  • Will I really ever look at it again?

And the most important question you can ask is …

What is the worst thing that will happen if I no longer have this paper?

If your answer is ‘nothing much’ – then let it go.

Change your mindset from one of KEEP to TOSS.  Assume that every paper coming into your workspace will automatically be trashed. Keep only the exceptional papers.

Toss more papers. Reduce the clutter. Get more done.

Now, get on with your day!

About Georgina Forrest

Georgina Forrest is a Productivity Coach & Organizing Specialist at Smartworks! Enterprises Inc. in Red Deer, Alberta. Her credentials include Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®), Organizer Coach, and membership with Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) where she has attained Gold Leaf status – a designation acknowledging her as an experienced professional organizer. Her specialties are geared toward increasing productivity, streamlining administration and decreasing stress in the workplace. She will teach you how to manage your time, space and information so you can be more effective and efficient at work. Additionally she offers training programs, productivity coaching and time management-related presentations.